Lifeguards Texting on the Job Cause for Major Concern

The director of health and safety at the American Lifeguard Association says text messaging by lifeguards has become a serious concern. Bernard J. Fisher II heard plenty of complaints this year, and he says the problem is the result of reduced lifeguard wages and aquatic facilities being unable to both hire well-qualified guards and supervise those guards as closely as they might have in the past, due to budget constraints. "Because of the lack of pay, you can't pick and choose the caliber of guard you need," Fisher told The New York Times. "Plus, the current generation is a generation of texting. Lives are being endangered, if not already lost, because of text messaging."


Here's proof: In July, a child panicked in the water at the Duncan (Ariz.) Swimming Pool and was rescued by an adult patron. Witnesses said a lifeguard on duty at the time had been texting. He was later fired.

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